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Wisdom Teeth Woes: Why Do They Cause So Many Issues?

April 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Zach Kingsberg @ 12:56 am
Patient holding their cheek because of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to emerge in the back of your mouth. While many people see them grow properly, others have a less pleasant experience where they go sideways. But why does this happen? Read on to learn more about wisdom teeth and how they can cause so many issues for your dental health.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Grow Strangely?

The main issue with wisdom teeth is their notoriously bad placement and timing. They erupt from the gumline at the back of your mouth after all your other teeth have already developed. Here are some reasons why your mouth may not be the same once this happens:

Limited Space

One of the main reasons wisdom teeth erupt at strange angles is insufficient space in the jaw. As the third molars attempt to erupt, they may meet resistance from adjacent teeth because your jawbone is too small. This forces them to find another way to grow, even changing their orientation.


When third molars can’t fully emerge through the gum line, they become impacted. This causes them to erupt using the path of least resistance, even towards adjacent teeth, or along the jawbone.


Genetic factors determine the size and shape of your jaw, which can influence the eruption of your teeth. If your family members have experienced issues with their wisdom teeth, there’s a good chance you will as well. This isn’t a guarantee, but it does increase your risk of complications.

Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, or difficulty opening your mouth due to your wisdom teeth, they may need extraction. However, the only way to be sure is to consult with your dentist. They can thoroughly examine your mouth and diagnose issues that tend to happen with misaligned or impacted molars. These complications can include cracked adjacent teeth, hidden decay, and infection. If not treated promptly you could begin experiencing more intense pain, swelling, or even oral infections or tooth loss.

Understanding the reasons behind the erratic growth of wisdom teeth can help you make informed decisions about your dental care. Whether you’re feeling discomfort or not, it’s best to have your dentist evaluate your wisdom teeth once they develop. If they see that your new molars will cause trouble, they can take steps to help you before complications arise.

About the Practice

At Midtown Family Dentistry, you’ll find a dedicated and passionate team of dental experts ready to help you with your smile. They use the latest dental technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of dental issues, including wisdom tooth troubles. If you’re in pain and need help, call (469) 529-6016 to schedule a consultation or visit the website to see a full menu of services they offer.

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